"The first edition of the cellist Amanda Gookin’s Forward Music Project took on large-scale issues affecting women and girls, including sex trafficking and child marriage, but the second edition, titled “in this skin,” pivots toward the individual. Five female composers have written new works for cello that channel their deeply personal responses to such concerns as body shaming, street harassment, and women’s rights in Iran, drawing on experimental and multimedia techniques as wide-ranging as the subject matter. Alex Temple’s “Tactile,” a piece about “the erotics of everyday life,” uses ASMR-esque whispers and taps, and Paola Prestini’s “To Tell a Story” manipulates audio from a 1983 interview with Susan Sontag. With its husky sound, Gookin’s cello gives voice to these fights and flights of the soul against projected backdrops designed by S. Katy Tucker."
This weekend PUBLIQuartet received the 2019 CMA Visionary Award at their national conference in New York City! We are honored to be recognized, after nine years of uncompromising work, for our dedication to the advancement of new music and efforts to raise up a unique and diverse body of voices in and out of the classical music repertoire.
Extremely excited to work with the amazing Forward Music Project 2.0 composers during my residency at National Sawdust this season. I will premiere five new works for solo cello in March 2019 with video art by S Katy Tucker!!
It was super great to spend time talking with my bud, Cameron West, on his thoughtful Sound Mind Podcast!
We spoke about all the things I love: a history of women in music, working with the The Girl Project in Lexington this summer'; this season's Forward Music Project residency at National Sawdust; hitting PUBLIQuartet's crowdfunding goal for our upcoming album, "Freedom and Faith" (to be released Spring 2019!); and awesome new ventures with groups like Nu Deco Ensemble and Shattered Glass!
I am honored that composer Caroline Shaw chose "Smoke" from PUBLIQuartet's recording of Jessie Montgomery's "Breakaway" as part of The New York Times "5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Classical Music!" Sink your ears into these amazing, hand-picked audio tracks by artists and NY Times writers and editors.
Amanda talks life, career, activism, and music with Matt Bell from the Electric Violin Shop in Houston, TX
Contemporaneous is an ensemble of 22 musicians whose mission is to bring to life the music of now. I'm thrilled to be joining Contemporaneous and call these amazing musicians my family!
I've added an education page! Learn more about the courses I teach at the Mannes School of Music and Purchase College, workshops, private lessons, and masterclasses.
"PUBLIQuartet’s Amanda Gookin Shares Her Thoughts On Equality In Classical Music"
About a year ago I received an invitation to perform at TEDxMidAtlantic. Speaking at a TEDx conference had been a dream of mine for many years, so I eagerly jumped at the chance...
Amanda will be teaching a new graduate course, The Female Experience in Music, at The Mannes School of Music next Spring! Check out the course description:
This Fall I will be joining the faculty at the Mannes School of Music to co-teach a graduate-level course with PUBLIQuartet member, Jannina Norpoth, on creative concert programming and self-promotion.
"Gookin's focus and ferocity - couple with expert technical work - made her message unforgettable."
"Is there a place for activism in the musical world?"
"Consistently self-possessed, and alternately delicate and fierce in her musical approach, Gookin displayed impressive reserves of emotional and technical energy."
Amanda will perform works from her Forward Music Project and give a talk about activism through classical music on the TEDx MidAtlantic salon: Disruption on March 6!
I am so thrilled to have been interviewed by the wonderful Larry and Arlene Dunn for "5 Questions" on I care if you listen (.com)!